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Discovery Education's New Progress Zone Connects Diagnostic Formative Assessments with Digital Media for Remedial Instruction

Posted Mar 6, 2009
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Discovery Education has introduced Progress Zone, a formative assessment service enabling educators to monitor student academic progress through teacher-created diagnostic tests linked to state curriculum/assessment standards. Progress Zone helps educators use assessment results to prescribe digital media for individualized instruction, according to the announcement.

Progress Zone allows educators to create, share, and administer custom academic probes using a bank of more than 35,000 assessment items. All items are aligned to state standards with skill/sub-skill definitions. The Progress Zone item bank contains reading, math, science, and U.S. history questions for grades 1-12.

After students take the assessments, administrators can utilize detailed reports to summarize and analyze generated data. From this data, educators can evaluate a student's performance on a particular skill, monitor improvement over time, and adjust classroom instruction to meet the needs of individual learners.


By analyzing student performance on the assessments, Progress Zone recommends engaging digital content that can help students in need of additional instructional support. Utilizing media from Discovery Education streaming, Progress Zone provides direct access to digital content aligned to state standards that can immediately impact achievement. Valuable classroom instruction time is saved as Progress Zone automatically identifies remedial content in the form of videos clips aligned to curriculum /assessment standards, the announcement states.

When complemented by Discovery Education's suite of assessment services, including Predictive Benchmarks and Response-to-Intervention, Progress Zone is designed to provide schools with a balanced, comprehensive solution unlike any other service available.

Source: Discovery Education,

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